Vs. 11. In the world
Vs. 14. Not of the world
We usually stop there. But, there is a third element:
Vs. 18. Sent into the world.
Illustration: If our culture were like a huge river, where are we in respect to the river?
a. Swam to the shore and got out.
b. Over near the edge hanging on trying not to be swept away.
c. Out in the middle swimming upstream.
I want to deal with 3 questions in our time today and next week. Those 3 questions are:
1. What does the Bible say about homosexuality and same-sex marriage?
2. What are the objections being thrown at us by our culture? How do we answer these?
3. Where do we go from here? What should be the appropriate Christian stance concerning homosexuality, same-sex attraction, and gay identity?
Three big events in the past two months.
1. The Boy Scouts
May 23. Irving, Texas.
2. Exodus International
June 19. Irvine, California
3. The Supreme Court
Massive Transformation of our Society and Culture
May 11, 2013. California SB 1437.
The Bias Free Curriculum Act would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in textbooks, classroom materials and school-sponsored activities.
SB 1437 would alter K-12 public education textbooks, instructional materials, and school-sponsored activities to positively reference transsexuality, transvestitism, bisexuality, and homosexuality, including homosexual "marriage."
President Obama’s views on same-sex marriage have “evolved”. But the Word of God does not change.
There are 11 passages that deal directly with homosexuality. There are numerous other passages that deal with gender identity, marriage, and sexual morality.
The passages of Scripture that directly address homosexuality:
1. Genesis 19:1-11
2. Leviticus 18:22
3. Leviticus 20:13
4. Judges 19:16-24
5. I Kings 14:24
6. I Kings 15:12
7. II Kings 23:7
8. Romans 1:18-32
9. I Corinthians 6:9-11
10. I Timothy 1:8-11
11. Jude 7
Genesis 19 and then Judges 19. Sodom and Gomorrah. The sins of Gibeah
Leviticus 18:22 (Lev. 20:13)
I Corinthians 6
Objections, Myths, and Questions:
1. But God made me this way? Is it a choice or is it genetic? The Gay Gene.
2. Why don’t we just live and let live?
3. Why are we making such a big deal about one particular sin?
4. But Jesus never addressed homosexuality.
5. Is it possible to change sexual orientation?
6. Are homosexuals irredeemable? Can homosexuals go to heaven?
7. If it doesn’t hurt anyone, why is it wrong?
8. Why shouldn’t two people who want to love one another for a lifetime be allowed to do so?
9. Can the Bible even be trusted in what it says about homosexual activity?
Where do we go from here?
1. Build strong, biblical families. FBI policy concerning counterfeits
2. Correct view of all sin. No sin is worse than any other sin.
3. Consistent in our moral positions.
4. Be patiently redemptive. If you are struggling against sin, we will help you.
5. Use “tough love” when people stop trying. If you stop struggling against sin and begin accommodating it, we must speak.
6. Preserve religious freedom without fostering hatred. Religious freedom cannot be classified as a “hate crime”
7. Don’t be surprised when people far from God act like people far from God. The first question should be relational and secondarily moral.
8. Be evangelistic. Jesus invites first and only condemns as the last resort.
9. Show the love of God while believing the Bible. We must dispel the idea of hatred while also holding up the validity of truth.